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Coordinates: 40°46′16.8″N 73°59′35″W / 40.771333°N 73.99306°W / 40.771333; -73.99306

VIA 57 West
VIA 57 West - exterior.jpg
Via 57 West from Pier 66
Alternative namesPyramid, West 57th, W57, West57, Tetrahedron
General information
Architectural styleModern
Address625 West 57th Street, New York, NY, 10019
Town or cityManhattan, New York City
CountryUnited States
Construction started2013
Architectural467 ft (142.3 m)
Tip467 ft (142.3 m)
Top floor355 ft (108.2 m)
Technical details
Floor count34
Floor area830,995 sq ft (77,200 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectBjarke Ingels Group (DIG)(BIC)
DeveloperThe Durst Organization
EngineerThornton Tomasetti
Main contractorHunter Roberts Construction Group
Awards and prizes2016 CTBUH Tall Building Awards:
Best Tall Building Americas[1]
Other information

VIA 57 West (marketed as VIΛ 57WEST) is the name of a residential building designed by the Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The pyramid shaped tower block or "tetrahedron" rises 467 ft (142 m) and 35 stories tall and is located on West 57th Street in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, New York City.[4] According to The New York Times, the name was chosen "because the southbound West Side Highway slopes down as drivers enter the city, right at the spot where the building is situated", serving as an entrance to Manhattan "via 57th".[5]


Bjarke Ingels met the New York developer Douglas Durst in the early 2000s when he was in Denmark. Durst, who visited Ingels' Copenhagen studio in February 2010, found him very inventive, noting that unlike other architects, "What was striking about his work was that each design was so different, and designed for the locale."[4]

In spring 2010, Durst Fetner Residential commissioned BIG to bring a new residential typology to Manhattan. In 2011, BIG opened an office in New York to supervise W57's development and construction.[6] By mid-2012, the office had a staff of about 50, and as of 2015, it employs over 150 people in New York.[4]

West 57 is Ingels's first New York project. While the views from Manhattan of the 709-unit building may resemble a distorted pyramid with a steeply sloped facade, rising 467 feet (142 m) toward the northeast, it becomes apparent that Bjarke Ingels had something else in mind as viewed from across the water in Weehawken, New Jersey. The most unrecognized feature created by the building's sloped facade is the appearance it gives of an extra large sailing vessel making its way across the Hudson River (as seen from Blvd.East in Weehawken).(view in google street view) [7] With its angular balconies around an integrated green plaza, the block will connect with the waterfront and the Hudson River Park, taking full account of the surroundings while providing fine views with little traffic noise.[4][8] The building has a floor area of 80,000 square metres, including residential and retail programming.[9] The northern façade of the building features a number of balconies skewed at a 45-degree angle, a pattern employed in previous works such as the VM Houses, in the Ørestad section of Copenhagen.[10]


The triangular structure has been described as a hybrid between a European perimeter block and a traditional Manhattan high-rise.[6] One reviewer described it as a torqued pyramid or "a quarter of a watermelon that’s had a large chunk surgically extracted from its center."[11] It was given the Emporis Best Skyscraper design award in 2016. [12]

Other featuresEdit

Landmark Theatres runs an eight screen theatre on the ground floor of the building.[7]





  1. ^ a b "CTBUH Names 2016 Tall Building Award Recipients". June 22, 2016. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  2. ^ "VIA 57 West". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  3. ^ VIA 57 West at Emporis
  4. ^ a b c d Robbie Whelan, "New Face of Design", The Wall Street Journal, 22 July 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  5. ^ Satow, Julie (May 1, 2015). "Naming a New York Building". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "West 57th by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group" Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine, ArchiTravel, 20 September 2012, Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  7. ^ a b Wilson, Reid (July 12, 2016). "Landmark Theatres to Operate Multiplex at 709-Unit VIA 57 WEST, 625 West 57th Street, Hell's Kitchen". New York YIMBY. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  8. ^ Kelly Minner, "A BIG New York Debut: West 57th", Arch Daily, 7 February 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  9. ^ "References VIA 57 WEST" (PDF). Bjarke Ingels Group. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 3, 2016. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  10. ^ Smith, Stephen (August 26, 2014). "Construction Update: Bjarke Ingels' 625 West 57th Street". New York YIMBY. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  11. ^ Gardner, James (December 1, 2016). "Dressing up the High Line". The Real Deal.
  12. ^ "Emporis Skyscraper Award".
  13. ^ "Residential Highrise »VIA 57 West« in New York wins the International Highrise Award 2016". The International Highrise Award. Retrieved 2 November 2016.

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